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A GARDEN IN EVERY SCHOOL

EVERY CHILD OUGHT TO EXPERIENCE THE JOY OF GROWING & EATING SIMPLE WHOLE FOODS.

Studying leaves and photosynthesis at Stevenson Elementary!

By Andrea Trujillo | October 21, 2017

Did you know that leaves not only make their own food, but breath and sweat?!  My students were fascinated to learn that leaves have small cells called stomata, that are like leaf “lungs” to breathe in carbon dioxide and create photosynthesis!  Leaves are also full of chlorophyll cells that absorb the sunlight and give leaves…

The Herb Scavenger Hunt and A Garden Tea Party at Toluca Lake Elementary

By Jessica Brown | October 21, 2017

                        This morning in the garden I set the kids off on an herb based scavenger hunt.  I laid out a handful of leaves and we identified each one through their smell; sage, chives, sweet basil, lemon basil, mint and lemon verbena.  We then…

Bird Bath at Luther Burbank MS

By Alexandra Carbone | October 21, 2017

One group at Luther Burbank is focusing on birds this year. One of the first things we noticed when discussing the basic needs of a habitat (and what the word “habitat” means) is food, shelter, and water. The most difficult thing for birds to find in our garden would be water. So, we addressed this…

Sweet potatoes, vermicompost, and aquaponics – Thomas Starr King Middle

By Matt Heidrich | October 21, 2017

Today we planted sweet potato slips and amended the beds with vermicompost. Sweet potatoes are fun, easy to grow, and have edible greens and roots. Worm compost will help our plants grow! Aquaponics is growing fish and veggies together.

Seeds everywhere at El Sereno Elementary

By Danny Yaffe | October 20, 2017

El Sereno Elementary observed the radicle and cotyledon in multiple seeds. They learned these are present and become the plants roots and leaves, sustaining growth after the stored energy in the cotyledon is depleted. Cucumber with colored bell pepper and seasoned with lemon juice and salt was a successful snack. – Ranger Dan

Compost Lesson and bountiful harvest at Carson-Gore

By Danny Yaffe | October 20, 2017

Carson-Gore closed the first garden class session with a lesson on compost. Radishes were sprouting and there was a large harvest or summer fruit. The compost lesson finished the journals. A healthy 3:1 wet:dry ratio will keep the decomposers happy. Eggplant, olive oil, rosemary, salt and pepper was sampled. – Ranger Dan

Woodlawn Breaks down Photosynthesis!

By Alex Aleshire | October 20, 2017

Photosynthesis is a big topic to cover! Even the word needs some explaining; Photo means “light”, synthesis means “to put together”.  Making sense of this process required some small steps, so we began by breaking it down! During this lesson we discovered just how leaves absorb the sun’s light energy through chlorophyll, a green substance in…

What’s Growing On? at Ramona

By Hope Cox | October 20, 2017

My students and I have been talking about the climate and growing seasons of Los Angeles. Because Southern California’s weather is fairly temperate, the growing season is longer than most states and for that reason a wider variety of plants can be grown throughout the year. Fruiting plants are grown in the summer (cucumber, tomatoes,…

Plants From Around the World at Glenfeliz Elementary

By Teddy Menard | October 20, 2017

Hello! The Glenfeliz Elementary garden is heading into the fall season as summer produce slows down and our new seeds begin to germinate for the cooler months. Each of our students has gotten to plant a seed (a variety of beets, carrots, leeks, bok choy, Chinese cabbage, and radish!), and our beds should be filling…

The Brussel Sprout Tree – Dominguez High

By Yancy Comins | October 19, 2017

Great conditions, growing medium and green-thumbs have totally helped our brussel sprouts from last year’s program become the brussels of the year! On year two of its biannual life cycle, these brussels bear even more than the first year. Though they may need their first outer leaves removed, these rich buttery prize possessions are welcomed…

SCHOOL GARDENS CREATED

WEEKLY RANGER PROGRAM SCHOOLS

LOS ANGELES STUDENTS SERVED

Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.

We do not build and run. Our Garden Rangers maintain the garden space weekly and provide place-based learning opportunities for students, offering lesson plans with topics such as nutrition, healthy living, gardening, and environmental stewardship. These garden classes help students establish an immediate connection between the process of growing fruits and vegetables and consuming these foods in our outdoor kitchens. With these gardens, the classroom is given local focus, tangible results, and involvement in inquiry-based education.

For many students, our school gardens are their only access to green, outdoor spaces in their neighborhood.  By improving the environmental quality of their surroundings, children are more likely to succeed.  We have seen first-hand how access to edible gardens can bring joy and community involvement.

 

We have created 100 + in 4 years. We are barreling towards 200.

School gardens improve air quality, increase exposure to the natural world, encourage environmental stewardship, and positively impact health and eating habits of students and the surrounding community. These gardens act as catalysts to show students just how versatile, delicious, and FUN healthy food can be, developing positive attitudes toward healthy, fresh food and increasing consumption of these foods. The startling obesity statistics in Metro Los Angeles alone demonstrate a strong need for access to simple whole foods through gardening.

 

Our Values

Goal

A working edible garden in every Los Angeles School.

Culture

Down to earth, no nonsense and hard working. We are irreverent and ambitious.

Food justice and food insecure

are words you will rarely hear from us. We know the issues. We focus on solutions. No further study needed. We know how we can help.

Step 1. Get gardens into schools.

Step 2. Attract kids into these gardens.

We are all about action.

Our customers

are the kids. We strive to deliver a great product; a lush vegetable garden.

 

 

Schools

Get a garden in your school now

Companies

Build something lasting with us

Humans

It is easy to help out

There are many Non-Profits out there, but not all are very effective or frugal. Our people are people who volunteer, intern and give. People who care. We have minimal staff. Our garden rangers fan out to 68 schools weekly.  We respect our people by treating their time as precious. If you volunteer, we want you to be exhausted. We feel that if you are going to give up your day to help us and others then the least that we can do is make it worth your while.

EnrichLA builds and takes care of edible school gardens throughout Los Angeles.

After co-founder and Executive Director Tomas O'Grady recognized a need to connect students with the source of their food, EnrichLA was founded in August 2011 as a 501(c)(3) designated non-profit. By installing and managing a school garden at Thomas Starr King Middle School, Tomas discovered how its presence benefited the lives of students, staff and the surrounding community.  King Middle School is now one of 68 schools that demonstrate how school gardens can transform a community through increased student involvement and improved aesthetics, improving morale and promoting healthy living.  The immeasurable benefits at this school led Tomas to the motto: A Garden in Every School. Ultimately, we think that every child in every school in this city ought to experience the joy of growing, harvesting, preparing and eating simple whole foods.

enrichla
2173 Cedarhurst Drive
Los Anegles, CA 90027

3423 387 3866